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UA student starts campaign to help children with cancer

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Mia Mason is a junior at the University of Arizona and is on the beach volleyball team. As a cancer survivor, she has launched a campaign to help children with cancer.

“I noticed I was getting pretty bad headaches,” said Mason, who was twelve-years-old when she was diagnosed. After going to the doctor and receiving a cat scan, she found out she had ependymoma, a rare brain tumor.

"We were very lucky as a family to have lots of friends and people in our community rally around us,” said Mia’s mom, Jeannine Mason. Jeannine is on the Advisory Board for the University of Arizona’s Steele Children’s Research Center. “Mia's strength was so amazing.”

Mia had surgery to remove the tumor and went through thirty-three radiation treatments. She has been in remission for nine years. "I basically had to learn how to walk again,” said Mia. “Getting back in to volleyball and sports was a long process."

Mia’s doctors used radiation to treat the specific area in her brain that needed it.  

"If it were probably ten years earlier they wouldn't have had the research they had done to fix this and cure me,” said Mia.

Mia is raising money for the University of Arizona’s Steele Children’s Research Center. She is the fourth generation to attend the University of Arizona.

"The thing that we thought would be the most beneficial to children who have cancers like Mia is the immunotherapy research," said Jeannine Mason. The research center currently does immunotherapy research, but more funds would help further the progress it has made.  

Mia hopes that her story will inspire others. “Just stay really strong through the whole process because you never know what could happen in the end."

If you would like to support the Mia Mason Fund for Immunotherapy Research, click here.

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